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Key Lime using lemon cake?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I am looking for a Key Lime recipe and want a more simple, doctor up a box cake mix and I found one on the BC website and it says to use Lemon Cake mix and then Lime Gelatin and Key Lime juice - to me that sounds great! I was thinking just a plain white or vanilla cake..

what do y'all think... will that be too much flavor? I am not making the frosting so I am not 100% what they are paring it with, but we have to make 100 cupcakes and the cuppies will be a few different flavors so I think it's just going to be a standard buttercream flavor (I bake the cuppies and my friend's mom is doing the frosting, I said I could do the frosting, but she said her mom can do that and to be honest that is cool, less work for me and less I have to worry about when packing up and driving over) I know sometimes ppl will bake a lighter flavored cake b/c the frosting will also have the flavor.
post #2 of 7
Have done it and it's yummy.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
cool, I am not a key lime fan, so I dont know what is good and not good. The idea of using lemon cake though makes me much more excited, but did not know if ppl who like key lime would also like lemon/key lime.
post #4 of 7
Truthfully you are better off just starting with a white mix and adding the zest and some lime oil or extract. To me adding Jell-O to a cake is just gross. I tried it a long time ago before scratch baking and it gave the cake a bad texture. The neon color it produces is very off-putting (lemon mixes are VERY yellow, with the green of the Jell-O it is radioactive in color) and honestly there is nothing key lime about it.

If you have to start with a mix, I would just add the zest and oil. Just my opinion.
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by AnnieCahill

Truthfully you are better off just starting with a white mix and adding the zest and some lime oil or extract. To me adding Jell-O to a cake is just gross. I tried it a long time ago before scratch baking and it gave the cake a bad texture. The neon color it produces is very off-putting (lemon mixes are VERY yellow, with the green of the Jell-O it is radioactive in color) and honestly there is nothing key lime about it.

If you have to start with a mix, I would just add the zest and oil. Just my opinion.



And key limes are yellow, not green. So the green jello is not the right color anyway.
post #6 of 7
This is true as well.
post #7 of 7
I have had the box mix and it is terrible. This one did not contain Jello and it was still bad. It probably has the highest chemical taste to me and adding more fake flavor in the Jello will be overwhelming. It is also super sweet, not in a good way.

If you are still wanting to use a box, go Annie's way. At least you won't be piling artficial on top of chemical.

Key Lime is not a good flavor to try to mimic artificially.
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